Today we updated our sandbox Moodle server so that I could begin testing (and training) on the new system. We will be officially transitioning our production Moodle to 2.3 this summer. This couldn’t come at a better time. As my previous post indicated, we will be piloting iPads in grade 7 and several elementary classrooms.
One of the very cool things about Moodle 2.2+ is that it integrates EASILY with Dropbox. This will assist teachers as they develop a “paperless” classroom with the iPad and Students will now be able to submit iPad created assignments to Moodle. We have discussed sharing Dropbox folders and creating write only Dropbox folders. Why is this Moodle workflow option worth considering? The answer is easy… Moodle helps with file organization of student submitted work. It also allows for a more organized way of providing private feedback to students.
Imagine – a math teacher posts a PDF of a worksheet for students to complete. Previously students would print, do, and submit via paper/pencil. Now students can download PDF, open in PaperPort notes (or any other PDF writing app), write electronically on it with the iPad, save to Dropbox, and upload to Moodle. Below is my thoughts of how this workflow would be implemented. (click image to see full size)
There is also the integration of Google Docs – however it is a little “hokey”. (Yet works – but you do not have access to your folders?) I am hopeful – HOPEFUL – that the iOS Google Drive is available by the start of school. (fingers crossed – Julyish!) I am thinking Drive may eliminate students having to create a dropbox account. Students will already have Drive accounts via our districts Google Apps for Education integration. I am also hoping with Google Drive -that the Google Docs works better. It is a bummer that docs is very basic on the iPad and does not allow for real-time collaboration. Oh – and Google Presentation isnt even an option!
Below is a screenshot from the iPad in Moodle. Students click Dropbox and easily navigate to the file (PDF, Jpg, ePub, and even Doc, PPT, XLS). Save it – and submit. It is timestamped and ready to be graded! Teachers can access via computer or iPad and then provide feedback about the assignment if appropriate. Students can easily see what they have submitted, and what they need to complete because of the timestamp. I think its a good option and we are going to GO FOR IT!